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The @RealDonaldTrump Gets His Roman Triumph

03 July 2019 @ 17:46

From The Daily Caller, Ellie Gardy reporting, we learn:

President Donald Trump will host “Salute to America,” in honor of the armed forces as part of the festivities. The event will feature the U.S. Army Band, the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Team and the Old Guard Fire and Drum Corps.

“Salute to America” will also exhibit “incredible flyovers” by F/A-18s, F-35 stealth jets, Air Force One, F-22 fighter jets, and a B-2 stealth bomber.

A small number of armored vehicles will also be displayed on the National Mall, including two M1 Abrams tanks, two Bradley fighting vehicles and an armored M88 Recovery Vehicle.

I have no problem with featuring our Military in Independence Day Celebrations — non-political ones.

However, this display of our military’s prowess is clearly — knowing Trumpicus Pompey Gracchus — a political endeavor.  He has organized it and is heavily promoting it [with help from the Fake News Media (and others, as we shall see)].

Conservatives like Jim Geraghty have no problem with what Trump is doing:

But it’s not a military show of force, and nothing in Washington tomorrow is meant to be threatening or intimidating to anyone — other than anybody who would seek to harm Americans. Despite what you’ve been hearing, the tanks will be “on display” but not in a parade, at least according to the most recent reports: “The vehicles will not be moving, thereby reducing the chance of damaging local infrastructure.”

Come on. This isn’t a Trump scandal. If the president’s tank and military-hardware fixation turns into a bigger public recognition and appreciation for our men and women uniform, this is the most positive Trump scandal ever….

The reason we find military parades passing by the reviewing stand of a dictator menacing is because those parades are run by dictators, and many times those dictators have demonstrated a willingness to use brutal force against their own people, with no competing powers or  constitutional limits upon that use of force. France does a big military parade on Bastille Day. Nobody’s worried about Emmanuel Macron becoming an authoritarian dictator. [BB: But, given the chance, like Merkel, he would have no problem sliding into the role.]

What we will see here on 04 July, is Trumpicus Pompey Gracchus celebrating the Triumph he’s wanted to for awhile.

More Geraghty:

(And for everyone screaming Trump is a dictator, the Census Bureau just announced it was printing up the census forms without the citizenship question. If Trump was a dictator, he wouldn’t acquiesced to the Supreme Court ruling! Dictators don’t worry about losing in courts! Dictators don’t lose midterm elections! Dictators don’t worry about their own reelection!)

Let me get this out of the way: Trump is not a Dictator, nor is he striving to be one.  Yet, I will state that I believe he has Fascist Tendencies [so do most Elected Republicans and, most certainly, all of the Elected Democrats and their Minions].  We live in a Soft Tyranny that is slowly hardening.  The Vile and Nauseating has been in the air for over a decade.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘triumph’ as follows: The processional entry of a victorious general into ancient Rome.

Our Modern Gracchus wants to give The People what he thinks they want and, unthinkingly, The People have no problem with this event.

But, if you think about it, except when celebrating Victory in a War, we have not done such things.  And for a very good reason: the Military must maintain it’s Neutrality in Political Matters.  The Founding Fathers feared Standing Armies, but we had to compromise on that one when we inherited the role of Policeman Of The World, the Pax Americana, after Britain gave it up.  [Sadly, the Neo-Conservatives and their Wilsonian brothers, thought, and still think, they could impose our system of governance on nations that did not have our History of The Rule Of Law.]

JFK put on such a display like Trumpicus wants to for his Inauguration in 1960 and it was Wrong.  Ike did so for both of his ones and, I don’t care that he was a victorious General in WWII, he was wrong as a Civilian, as well.  As for FDR, he did it in time of War.

We used to worry quite a lot last century about The Presidency becoming ‘Imperial’ — where has that justified Fear gone?  It’s been buried underneath an avalanche of Populism — Bread And Circuses.

By the way: Jim Geraghty has one reservation about this triumphal event…

What is not acceptable is having the Republican National Committee distributing tickets to an event associated with the armed forces and Independence Day. The event is being paid for by taxpayers, thus it should be open to all or, if that would be too complicated, provide tickets to service members and their families, or some other noteworthy and deserving group — special-needs families, etc.

Oh!  Could this, therefore, be merely a Political Event?

,,,His minions had taken infinite pains to paint to their imaginations the god-like virtues of Caesar: They first persuaded them to believe that he was a deity, and then to sacrifice to him those Rights and Liberties which their ancestors had so long maintained, with unexampled bravery, and with blood & treasure. By this act they fixed a precedent fatal to all posterity: The Roman people afterwards, influenced no doubt by this pernicious example, renew’d it to his successors, not at the end of every ten years, but for life. …Thus, they voluntarily and ignominiously surrendered their own liberty, and exchanged a free constitution for a TYRANNY!

—Samuel Adams, as CANDIDUS in The Boston Gazette, 14 October 1771

  1. Adobe_Walls permalink
    03 July 2019 @ 20:05 20:05

    This is really pissing off the Bolsheviks and freaking them out.
    Actually it’s not really freaking out the talking heads Joy Reid etc. that’s just their shtick since we elected our Mango Mussolini (a term of endearment) but it is really pissing them off and therefore is prima facie the correct thing to do.

    • theebl permalink
      04 July 2019 @ 16:52 16:52

      Mango Mussolini is a keeper!

      • Adobe_Walls permalink
        04 July 2019 @ 21:07 21:07

        Credit Porter a Kakistocracy.

    • theebl permalink
      04 July 2019 @ 17:29 17:29

      Bob, I would take Trump over Bush, McCain, or Mittens any day. And a parade is hardly Caesar’s Triumph.

  2. theebl permalink
    04 July 2019 @ 15:50 15:50

    Sorry, while I am not going to DC for this and probably won’t watch it, I am not feeling oppressed. Especially with the left and Democrats running on making all the Founders racists and thought criminals and the United States of America illegitimate.

  3. John Holcron permalink
    05 July 2019 @ 01:13 01:13

    Come on Shlomo, stop lying to these people. Muhammad is one of your close relatives. Ashina Kazahkstan has informed me of you. Why should we help you after you’ve been killing us off for the last 4-6,000 years? You have an intense hidden hatred in you and I know you won’t admit it to the rest of us, but I know your kind. You used us to commit all the atrocities you blame us for in your media/education system/news and worldwide via the internet. You have enacted the Kalergi plan which you plan to use to genocide the small remaining European population worldwide after the loss of most likely 600 million or more Europeans over the last 2,000 years, probably really pushing close to 1 billion. And now you want us to help you? I think you owe us, my friend. BTW Trump and all of his family are Jews and all of his advisors are Jews. I guess Romans were Jews too eh? at least the (((Leadership))). I can see your dragonic Turkic Mongolian features right through that skin of interbreeding suit you wear.

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